At least once a week I get a call from someone who has received a letter from the attorney who they initially hired to take on their Maryland auto accident or other personal injury claim stating that they can no longer represent them in this matter. There are a wide variety of reason that this may happen, and usually these individuals have no idea why. They haven’t received a call from the attorney, nor have they been able to get ahold of the attorney to get answers to this question.
Sometimes some cases are just not winnable. However, in some instances, there may be another reason, or perspective to be gained by discussing this with another attorney. My best estimate is that I accept one out of every three or four of these cases as they come in. The difficulty for me usually comes from the fact that the injured party really does not know why their case was dropped by the previous attorney, and are having difficulty getting answers. All attorneys are different, and have their own criteria on what cases they want to work with, and what cases they intend to file law suits in. Some lawyers don’t file lawsuits in any of their cases! This isn’t necessarily wrong, but if your case is one that would benefit from the initiation of a law suit, then you’re not going to get too far with a lawyer who doesn’t intend to file one.
I have also received calls from passengers in vehicles whose driver was at fault for the accident, and at the time that vehicle was uninsured. There are some specific measures that can be taken to obtain compensation in these situations, but some of them have a very strict notice requirement.
Some insurance companies will deny paying claims on accidents where the damage to the vehicle is less than some arbitrarily determined amount. While there have been countless studies refuting the correlation of large property damage to injuries, and some that even make the case that lower property damage can result in greater injuries, insurance companies also decide what cases to challenge, and which to pay.
If you’ve found yourself in receipt of one of these letters, do not hesitate to give my office a call at (410) 885-6200. We’re happy to take the time to meet with you and discuss the matter. While I do not guarantee that I’ll take on the claim, I will ask the right questions, dig a little deeper than some will, and if there is a reasonable possibility of recovery, we’ll take it on!
Since opening my practice in Elkton, Maryland I have noticed a lot of differences with the way that many accident cases come to my office. Whether these are people injured in auto accidents in Elkton, Maryland or other parts of Cecil County, there is an abundance of individuals who do not come to the law office first. There are pros and cons to this, but my goal here isn’t to discuss those specifically, but merely illustrate the point that things are a little different here, as opposed to Baltimore City auto accident clients. Here, more than in the city, I am more often getting the question from potential clients “Should I hire a lawyer to handle my accident claim?”
It is very rare that a situation is such that you can appropriately handle an automobile accident case on your own. Quite frankly, insurance companies will not respect you, and will assume that you have no idea how to file a lawsuit and carry it out against their driver. They are also in the practice of thinking you’ll settle the case for far less than it’s actually worth, or attempting to convince you that an attorney and his or her fees are too high to make it worth using one of us. The fact of the matter really is, in most cases, there are a variety of ways that having an attorney will be more helpful, and result in more money in your pocket. Not only can we negotiate the true value of a claim, because most attorneys who hold themselves out to handle these types of claims have handled hundreds if not thousands of them, but we also know how to file a lawsuit and keep the insurance companies honest when we need to.
We also bring the added benefit of being able to negotiate other aspects of the claim, such as medical insurance liens, outstanding medical bills, or other things that will put more money in the client’s pocket.
I’ve recently had a number of clients who came to me merely because they felt like they were not getting a fair shake from the insurance company. So far, none of these varied clients have been wrong! Over my years of dealing with these situations, many times I’ve been able to put significantly more money in the client’s pocket(after lawyer’s fees and medical bills) than the insurance company was offering in the first place! If you’ve been trying to handle a Cecil County Auto Accident Case on your own, it might be time to pick up the phone and call me at (410) 885-6200 and discuss what’s going on in your case. You’re never under any obligation to hire me, and I only get paid when I collect money for you!